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The 25 most-played Christmas tunes on radio. What are your top 3?

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Radio stations show preference for these 25 holiday songs.

In recent years, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has been tracking the radio play of its clients' holiday songs -- and, come November, announcing its 25 most-played list over five years.

(Not all songs are represented by the society: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Happy Xmas (War Is Over) and Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You, for example, are affiliated with another copyright agency and thus aren't ranked.)

From year to year, the list has remained stable, with mostly the same songs appearing in a different order.

Phil Crosland, the society's executive vice president for marketing, has a theory about why.

"It's a very tough list to break into, and it has to do with the memories," he said. "There's a sense that this holiday music transports us to a better place.

"I think what it does is, it tends to set a certain mood and creates memories of magical holiday times that we've grown up with."

Here, then, are the society's 25 most-played holiday tunes as of November 2008, including the performer of the most-played rendition.

1. Winter Wonderland, Eurythmics

2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), Nat "King" Cole

3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, the Pretenders

4. Sleigh Ride, the Ronettes

5. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Frank Sinatra

6. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Michael Buble

7. White Christmas, Bing Crosby

8. Jingle Bell Rock, Bobby Helms

9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Gene Autry

10. The Little Drummer Boy, the Harry Simeone Chorale

11. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Andy Williams

12. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee

13. Silver Bells, Kenny G

14. I'll Be Home for Christmas, Amy Grant

15. Feliz Navidad, Jose Feliciano

16. Frosty the Snowman, the Ronettes

17. A Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl Ives

18. I t's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas, Johnny Mathis

19. Blue Christmas, Elvis Presley

20. (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays, Perry Como

21. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, John Mellencamp

22. Here Comes Santa Claus, Gene Autry

23. Carol of the Bells, David Foster

24. Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid

25. This Christmas, Gloria Estefan

From the Columbus Dispatch

Mine are...

1. Do they know it's Christmas? (Band Aid 1984)
2. Jingle Bell Rock (Hall & Oates 1983)
3. Have yourself a little Merry Christmas

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Nov 19 @ 7:21PM  
I like the Cheech and Chong Christmas story

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

Do They Know It's Christmas by Band Aid

Nov 19 @ 7:22PM  
LOL, i love all of them....except grandma got run over by a reindeer! lol

Nov 19 @ 7:23PM  
My favorite is that one by Vince Vance and the Valiants..I think that's their name.... All I Want For Christmas Is You

But White Christmas is the absolute fav!!

It's The Most Wonderful TIme of the Year (but I like that one when they used it in the "back to school" commercial for... was it Staples or Office Depot!?!? Love that!!

Nov 19 @ 7:35PM  
Bells Will Be Ringing The Eagals....

Nov 19 @ 7:37PM  
Here is one of my favorite classics

This one is delightful too


Nov 19 @ 7:37PM  
Great song Ynot!!!!

A Tender Tennessee Christmas is a fav too!

Nov 19 @ 9:14PM  
Here are my two mostest favorites:

Hope y'all can play them!

Peace on Earth - David Bowie, Bing Crosby

Peace on Earth

And O Holy night - Charlotte Church

O Holy Night


Nov 19 @ 9:24PM  
Not very traditional but cool
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Mannheim Steamroller


Nov 19 @ 9:26PM  
Good ones Bruce!! I love TSO!!!!

Nov 19 @ 9:30PM  
well this is my all time favorite christmas song, and yes it does pretty much say my general mood for the christmas season.

Nov 19 @ 10:08PM  
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Springsteen Version

Santa Baby - Everclear version (unfortunately I can't find a video)

Orchestral: Sleigh Ride

(great topic)

Nov 20 @ 12:05AM  
I am not sure of the name but it the Solders silent night which is realy just narrated and not song
I like Peace on earth too from Bing Cosby and David Bowie
And Santa Claus is coming to town from Springsteen

and a million more

Nov 20 @ 12:40AM  
grandma got ran over by a reindeer! :)

Nov 20 @ 12:44AM  
This sums up my mood this year:


Nov 20 @ 1:27AM  
Some old songs that are good sang by any one with a good voice!
Silent night
Not sure of the name: Said the night wind to the little lamb do you hear what I hear!
Have to say Grandma got run over by some reindeer too!

Nov 20 @ 1:57AM  

I'll take No.#10

Nov 20 @ 3:26AM  
not one person said

Christmas Don't Be Late by Alvin and the Chipmunks

Nov 20 @ 3:37AM  
I'm glad Bruce mentioned Mannheim Steamroller because I have of a few of their cd's & enjoy listening to their work during the holidays.

Nov 20 @ 5:46AM  
1. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - I can't imagine Christmas shopping without this song playing in the background. It puts me in a festive mood.
2. Frosty the Snowman - This song reminds me of the many Christmas Pagents I was in as a child.
3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - This song reminds me of Christmas Eve and all our family traditions.

Honerable Mentions:
4. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
5 Jingle Bell Rock
6 I'll Be Home for Christmas

Nov 20 @ 1:34PM  
The only way I like Xmas music is if it's in a blues format..
I recorded 4 hours one Xmas Eve from a local station..
Lots of artists.

Nov 20 @ 2:21PM  
John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War Is Over) ..... even though I never use the word xmas.

I Believe in Father Christmas ...Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Silent Night... Stevie Nicks

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Mannheim Steamroller

Difficult to narrow down to 3. I love Christmas songs..

Nov 22 @ 12:08PM  
Hard to pick just three...I love all Christmas music pretty much...but the ones that immediately come to mind are...

Carol of the Bells - TSO
I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas - Jon Bon Jovi
Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives

And for a Christmas giggle

Santa and His Old Lady - Cheech & Chong
The 12 Days of Christmas - Bob & Doug McKenzie
O Holy Night - Eric Cartman (South Park)

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The 25 most-played Christmas tunes on radio. What are your top 3?